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NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West points leader Derek Thorn of Bakersfield, CA will carry a different sponsor, Saturday, on the hood of his Bob Bruncati-owned Sunrise Ford #6 Fusion at Sonoma Raceway. Thorn’s hood will be adorned with local company S&S Insulation of Middletown, CA.
Thorn won the 2013 visit at Sonoma en route to the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West championship driving for Sunrise Ford. He has surrounded that effort with four SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour victories. A pair of wins last weekend at Kern County Raceway Park in Late Model competition has propelled Thorn to 79 total asphalt wins. He heads into Sonoma Raceway with a perfect slate of five consecutive podiums in the West Series, highlighted by a victory at Colorado National Speedway where Bob Bruncati’s entries swept the podium.
A victory in 2018 could spark another championship run and having long time friend Sal Martinez and S&S Insulation on board would make the wine in victory lane even that much sweeter.
“Sonoma is the closest track we race at to my hometown of Lakeport so I find it fitting to get to represent my good friend right in our backyard,” Thorn said. “I really hope we can carry the momentum we’ve had so far this year into this weekend and do S S Insulation, Sunrise Ford and all our partners proud in front of some hometown fans.”
Martinez’ company has deep ties in the Sonoma and Napa areas, going to work during the “Sonoma Rising” initative to rebuild after devastating wildfires last year damaged many homes and businesses around the region. The Santa Rosa-area based company is making its first foray into motorsports with the sponsorship.
“Its an honor to be sponsoring Derek and we’re glad that Bob gave us the opportunity,” Martinez said. “We are beyond fortunate. Glad to have a champion like Derek driving for us with his talent and resume!”
Activities get underway on Friday with practice from 1:05 to 2:25 p.m. on the 1.99 mile road course. Saturday will see group qualifying at 10:15 a.m. with the Carneros 200 going green at 1:30 p.m. The race is part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend and will be televised on NBCSN for airing on Thursday June 28th at 3 p.m. Pacific time as well.
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Durham, N.C., native, Tate Fogleman will make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut this week. The 18-year-old makes his career-first NCWTS start in the Young’s Motorsports No. 20 Over Kill Motorsports Chevrolet at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.
“I am really looking forward to having Tate in one of our trucks,” said team president, Tyler Young. “He has already accomplished so much at such a young age and I look forward to him becoming a part of our blossoming driver development program.”
The third-generation driver started racing Late Models in 2011 and competed in his first full-time season in 2013 with the Pro All Star Series (PASS) South Super Late Models at the age of 13. Two years later, in 2015, he became the youngest champion of that series. The last two seasons the Durham, N.C., native has been competing with the PASS South Super Late Model Series and the CARS Super Late Model Tour. He scored his career-first CARS Tour win at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in the CARS Tour Throwback 276 last August.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with Young’s Motorsports,” said Mitchell Clary, owner of Over Kill Motorsports. “What Tyler is building with his team is amazing. The driver development program keeps expanding and we look forward to seeing what Tate can do in the No. 20 this weekend at Gateway.”
Over Kill Motorsports was established as a family business in 2009. It was a humble beginning for the father and son team of Mitch and Mitchell Clary who started the business out of their back yard. Through the years with hard work, dedication, quality products and commitment to excellent service, they earned their customers loyalty and support. Fast forward to the present and Over Kill has become one of the most trusted and successful Motorcoach, Trailer and Golf Cart Dealers in the United States with customers all over the country and abroad.
“I am extremely excited to be able to make my career-first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race this weekend at Gateway,” exclaimed Fogleman. “I can’t thank Over Kill Motorsports enough for coming on board to support us and Tyler for providing me this opportunity. I hope I can make him proud and get a good finish in the No. 20.”
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Chicagoland Speedway announced today that there will be a handful of unique activities for kids to participate in throughout the NASCAR weekend.
From Thursday to Saturday, kids’ tickets will be free in select sections for the ARCA Racing Series SCOTT® 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton’s 225 and the Xfinity Series Overton’s 300. On Sunday, Kids tickets are $25 off adult prices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400. Kids can visit the Kids Club display to register as an official member for free. The Chicagoland Speedway Kids Club is the best way to keep kids dialed into racing action on a regular basis.
Throughout the event weekend, young race fans can enjoy various activities and race-day experiences. For instance, as part of the NASCAR Salutes initiative, the Freedom Walk section in Champions Park will offer numerous ways for kids to learn about American history including traveling war museums, military vehicles on display and resident military experts. Following the Overton’s 225 on Friday night, fans can enjoy a firework finale show light up the sky.
Chicagoland Speedway mascot DASH will make regular appearances throughout the weekend as well and will be available for photos with fans. Gaming trucks, face painters, bounce houses and much more will be available for kids in Champions Park located at the Kids Club display.
On Sunday, July 1, young fans will also have the opportunity to attend an autograph session, featuring Monster Energy Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch, William Byron and Michael McDowell. Additionally, Chicagoland Speedway’s Kids Club Crew Chief Ryan Blaney will make a special appearance on Sunday exclusively for Kids Club members.
“We’re thrilled to feature a robust lineup of programming and activities for kids to enjoy throughout our four day race weekend, including meeting their favorite drivers and learning about our nation’s storied history,” said Chicagoland Speedway President Scott Paddock. “NASCAR weekends are always kid-friendly and a great way for families to create lasting memories, and our four day race weekend will deliver upon that promise.”
Purchasing Infield Fan Zone Pit Passes will allow fans of all ages to see drivers up close and personal on the red carpet, as well as receive “on-track” access for the Randy Houser pre-race concert on Sunday with the opportunity to walk along pit road.
Event schedule details can be found on our website at www.chicagolandspeedway.com.
Charging to a top-15 finish this past weekend at Iowa Speedway, Austin Wayne Self and his Niece Motorsports team head to Gateway (Ill.) Motorsports Park hoping to turn up the heat and deliver a strong performance in Saturday night’s Villa Lighting delivers the Eaton 200.
Scoring his fourth top-20 finish in the last five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races, Self sees Saturday night’s race at Gateway as the perfect opportunity to maneuver his first top-10 run of the year in the No. 22 GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet Silverado.
We're closing on the end of this four-race stretch, and I really want to go out on a high mark this weekend at Gateway and next weekend at Chicagoland," said Self, a native Austin, Texas.
"The guys on our No. 22 Niece Motorsports team have worked diligently to put competitive race trucks on the track each week, and I want to show them my appreciation with a top-10 run that we all know we're capable of.
We've shown that we've had speed but for one reason or another, we haven't had the luck or breaks to put us inside the top-10 when the checkered flag waves. We showcased our capabilities again at Iowa, but came up a little short. This weekend at Gateway, I'm hoping everything (finally) comes together."
This weekend at Gateway, the Truck Series will endure three practice sessions on Friday afternoon, with the intent to give the teams ample time to dial in their machines. For Self, he sees the extra practice session as a perfect opportunity to simulate what his truck will do in race conditions.
“That final practice session on Friday afternoon is close to when we’ll be racing on Saturday night, so we’ll plan to use most of that time to our advantage,” mentioned Self. “It’s going to be another hot weekend, and I think Gateway will be one of those extremely temperature sensitive tracks.
“That extra 55-minutes could also help us from a handling standpoint and inch us closer, not only for our race day setup, but a qualifying setup too. I learned here a couple years ago at Gateway that track position is so important – so we’ll keep that in mind too.
“One thing is for sure, we’re going to make it a fun weekend too.”
In the 22-year-old’s lone Truck Series start at the 1.25-mile oval, he finished 28th after being involved in an accident 42 laps from the finish.
“I learned a lot that night, but I believe I’m a better race car driver than I was in 2016. I’ve been fortunate enough to be around good people who believe in me and give me the equipment to do my job and prove that I’m a better driver.
"When it comes to Gateway, I feel like it's a place that I'm owed some redemption. I hope that redemption comes with our GO TEXAN | AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet."
After nine races, Self sits 13th in the series’ standings. He carries an average finish of 18.3 entering Gateway.
Like last year, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and AM Technical Solutions will also support Self in his 50th career start.
GO TEXAN represents Texas agri-business on state, national and international levels by building recognition with the GO TEXAN mark.
Along with its signature mark in the shape of Texas, GO TEXAN celebrates, promotes and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit Texas agriculture is known throughout the world.
Don’t mess with Texas, CForce Bottling Company, Flying Circle and Kreuz Market will serve as associate partners in the 10th race of the year.
In 49 NCWTS races, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series rookie of the year has one top-five (second at Daytona 2017) and three top-10 finishes. The Texan maintains an average finish of 18.8 during his three years of competition.
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Kurt Busch has found victory lane on nearly every type of circuit the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series offers.
From the shortest racetrack – Martinsville (Va.) Speedway – to the road course at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, the driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) had won at almost every type of track. He’s won on racetracks ranging in length from .526 of a mile, .533 of a mile, .75 of a mile, 1 mile, 1.5 miles, 1.99 miles, 2 miles and 2.5-miles. He’d celebrated in victory lane at the high-banked ovals and flat tracks.
He’s found his way to victory lane at 15 of 23 active racetracks and one of those 15 is Sonoma, site of Sunday’s Save Mart 350k.
And has he been good at Sonoma. Busch has one pole, one win, four top-threes, seven top-fives, eight top-10s and has led a total of 197 laps in his 17 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Sonoma.
His average start is 9.4, his average finish is 14.1 and he has a lap-completion rate of 99.1 percent, completing 1,862 of the 1,879 laps available.
Busch’s seven top-fives at Sonoma puts him in a tie with his SHR teammate Clint Bowyer for the most of all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers.
Busch’s only road-course win in the Cup Series came at Sonoma in 2011 and it was a dominant victory as he led a race-high 76 laps. He passed Denny Hamlin for the lead on lap 13 and stayed out front for the next 19 circuits around the 1.99-mile track. He relinquished the lead twice for scheduled, green-flag pit stops and took over the top spot for the final time on lap 88, then led the final 23 laps.
He’s even had success at Sonoma in the NASCAR Southwest Tour Series, finishing third in 1998 after starting 19th and winning the 1999 race after starting third.
Busch is coming off a historic 1-2-3 finish for SHR two weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Bowyer won the event with Kevin Harvick second and Busch third.
Busch is hoping he can score his first victory of 2018 this week at Sonoma.
Talladega Superspeedway Set For Fall Doubleheader NASCAR Playoff Weekend; Guess What - Friday is Free19 Jun 2018
Fans attending Talladega Superspeedway this fall will experience a pivotal NASCAR Playoff doubleheader weekend (Oct. 12-14) for both the Monster Energy Cup Series (1000Bulbs.com 500) and the Camping World Truck Series (Talladega 250), which will also include “Free Friday” for those wishing to go in the grandstands.
Friday, Oct. 12
The weekend, which could play a major role in the outcome of both series season-ending championships, kicks off on Friday with practice sessions and qualifying for the Talladega 250. At 4 p.m. CDT, the grandstands (entrance at Gate EP4) will be open for fans to watch those time trials (two rounds of single vehicle laps that begin at 4:35 p.m. CDT) which will determine the starting lineup for Saturday’s Talladega 250. Three times in 12 truck races at TSS has the pole winner gone on to win the event. Again, admission is FREE and Gate EP4 opens at 4 p.m. CDT.
In addition to the qualifying, there’s much more for fans to do on Friday at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track. Those looking to “gear up” to showcase the support of their favorite driver and track can do so by visiting the Fanatics mobile units that will be in the Fan Zone, which will be open all three days, beginning at 9 a.m. CDT on Friday. Located outside the frontstretch near Turn 4, these shopping entities include a wide selection of merchandise of champion, veteran and “young gun” drivers. The Fan Zone also offers families a host of fun activities and music, as well as countless interactive exhibits. Returning to Talladega’s Fan Zone will be exciting events for everyone from partners' Monster Energy, GEICO, Coca-Cola, Chevy, Honda Generators, Busch, Camping World and many more.
Several NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) drivers will sign autographs on Friday from 2-2:45 p.m. CDT in the Fan Zone (exact location TBD). The day concludes during the evening at 7 p.m. CDT with the track’s traditional infield “Big One on the Blvd,” an outrageous and fun event for infield camping guests, renewal guest ticket holders and fans with infield wristband admissions. NASCAR drivers will parade through the infield and then oversee some fun and over-the-top fan competitions. A total of 18 NASCAR drivers/personalities were a part of the "Big One on the Blvd" in the spring.
Saturday, Oct. 13
The Saturday lineup jumpstarts at 10:05 a.m. CDT as the stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) hit the track for the first time with practice for Sunday’s 1000Bulbs.com 500. Later in the day, at 3:35 p.m. CDT, those same drivers will partake in Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying with two rounds of single-car trials to see who takes home the coveted pole position for the 1000Bulbs.com 500. On fourteen different occasions, a driver who has started on the pole has won a MENCS race at Talladega, with the latest being Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the spring of 2017.
Sandwiched in between those activities for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 are 250 miles of nail-biting moments as the truck drivers tackle Talladega’s 2.66-mile venue in the Talladega 250 at Noon. Parker Kligerman is the defending champion of the event while Fairhope, AL’s Grant Enfinger captured the crown in 2016. The race will close out the Round of 8 in the NCWTS Playoffs and reduce the field of title contenders from eight to six at the checkered flag. If one of the eight eligible drivers wins, that competitor will automatically advance to the next round. Grandstand entry gates open for general ticket holders at 9 a.m. CDT.
Sunday, Oct. 14
Brad Keselowski, the defending champion of Talladega’s fall MENCS event, hopes to give Ford its seventh consecutive victory at NASCAR’s Most Competitive track in the 1000Bulbs.com 500, the second race (of three) in the Round of 12 in the MENCS Playoffs. The race is set for a 1 p.m. CDT start, but there are plenty of fan activities before the green flag, including the Fan Zone, the Kids VIP Experience Presented by Children’s of Alabama as well as Pre-Race VIP opportunities. Grandstand entry gates open for general ticket holders at 9 a.m. CDT.
While at the track for the incredible weekend of racing, it will be a must to visit the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (IMHOF). Located just outside of Turn 4, the IMHOF houses a huge array of classic race cars and historic memorabilia, showcasing all forms of motorsports. It will be open all race week, including NASCAR Playoff weekend.
For tickets or more information, visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 855-518-RACE (7223).
"It makes a lot of sense for BUBBA burgers to join us for this race," added Wallace Jr. "I love to grill and fans love to grill at the track. BUBBA burgers are the best option if you're looking for a great tasting burger at the grocery store and there name is pretty cool, too. Hey, this is a perfect sponsorship."
The Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for this Sunday, June 24. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET and broadcast on Performance Racing Network and SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Channel 90.
Trevor Bayne returns to the seat of the No. 6 Ford this weekend at Sonoma and the 2011 Daytona 500 Champion will sport a different look for his return. AdvoCare Rehydrate® will be featured on the No. 6 as the summer months roll on, and for the remainder of AdvoCare’s primary races this season.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the track this weekend in Sonoma and I think the fans are going to like the new look of the AdvoCare Ford,” said Bayne. “Rehydrate is an AdvoCare product that the team and I rely on especially as we get into the heat of the summer to stay hydrated and perform at our best.”
The scheme features a primarily black and white design with a touch of orange and yellow. The Knoxville, Tennessee, native will make his fourth overall start at Sonoma this weekend, and his first in 2018 since Dover on May 6.
Bayne is in his fifth season with AdvoCare as his primary partner, and fourth with the Plano, Texas company in the MENCS after they made the move with him from the Xfinity Series.
Joey Logano will join executives from the Kentucky Speedway, along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher, and other partner guests to break ground on a new activity center in the city’s Portland Park. Logano’s visit comes three weeks ahead of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Quaker State 400 at the Sparta, K.Y. speedway.
Logano, a 19-time winner at NASCAR’s top-level, tasked the Kentucky Speedway to identify a community in-need where a positive impact could be made during his stop to promote the Quaker State 400. Through the process, Portland Park was selected, and with financial support from the Joey Logano Foundation, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Shell Oil Company, PNC Bank, Louisville Parks and Recreation and GameTime Playgrounds, Logano’s desire for community improvement moved closer to a reality.
“When I heard about the Kentucky trip to promote the Quaker State 400, I knew I wanted to do something more than just make media appearances,” said Logano. “I’ve been a firm believer that as a NASCAR driver and as a sport, we have an amazing platform to make positive impacts for individuals and communities across the country. I’m thankful that through the fans who support the Joey Logano Foundation, Shell Oil Company and Coca-Cola who support the foundation in addition to our racing efforts.“
“We’ve been able to have a few special memories through our foundation at Kentucky Speedway in the past. In 2016, we hosted Ashleigh Hunt, who’d been diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and her family at the track. Despite battling against a painful cancer, Ashleigh never quit smiling. She had such a positive impact on everyone she met and left a lasting impression everywhere she went. Unfortunately, we lost Ashleigh earlier this year, but her memory will live on at Portland Park as we’re dedicating the center to her memory.”
The activity center will be a STEM based system, incorporating the elements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics throughout the playground. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 12 noon ET at Portland Park on Tuesday, June 19th. The project is scheduled to be completed the week of the Quaker State 400 weekend at Kentucky Speedway. A separate ribbon cutting ceremony will take place to officially open the new activity center.